SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday afternoon, after the Milwaukee Bucks staged a protest and remained in their locker room as their NBA playoff game was scheduled to start, they read a statement demanding action.
It concluded with a simple call: “Remember to vote on November 3.”
The Utah Jazz and the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment group are helping answer that call. On Friday, LHM and the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office announced Vivint Arena and three Megaplex Theatres will serve as polling stations for the general election in November.
“Our sports and entertainment venues are familiar community gathering places, and we are pleased to join with the Salt Lake County Election Division to provide four facilities as safe, convenient and accessible voting locations on Election Day,” said Gail Miller, owner and chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.
The Megaplex Luxury Theatres at Cottonwood in Holladay, Megaplex Theatres at The District in South Jordan, and Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons in Sandy will be the theatres used for the polling stations. The company made clear that the voting locations will comply with public health guidelines.
The Jazz join a growing list of NBA teams that have made their arenas available to aid in the voting process. A Friday-morning statement from the NBA and NBA Players Association says teams will convert arena facilities into polling locations "in every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property."
"If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility," it says.
The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has made it easier for its employees to vote, too. The company has enacted a policy that provides employees paid time off to vote, in person, in both primary and general state and federal elections.
“Exercising our right to vote allows us to share our voice and to act to preserve our rights and freedoms,” Miller said. “We hope the use of our facilities provides voters with greater poll access and that the voter experience meets the highest standards of safety, security and election integrity.”
The voter registration deadline in Utah is Oct. 23. Voters may register and cast a provisional ballot in person on Election Day, as well.
Contributing: Graham Dudley, KSL.com